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Tirukural – Chapter 31

Chapter 31: Avoidance of Anger

Verse 304
On the left a musician is smiling, singing happily for there no anger in his mind. Behind him, with the sad, contorted face made that way by anger, a man holds a fiery torch, which represents the flames of his anger.

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Verse 301

It is restraint that restrains rage when it can injure.
If it cannot harm, what does restraint really matter?

Verse 302

Wrath is wrong even when it cannot cause injury,
but when it can, there is nothing more evil.

Verse 303

Forget anger toward all who have offended you,
for it gives rise to teeming troubles.

Verse 304

Anger kills the face’s smile and the heart’s joy.
Does there exist a greater enemy than one’s own anger?

Verse 305

If a man be his own guard, let him guard himself against rage.
Left unguarded, his own wrath will annihilate him.

Verse 306

Anger’s fire engulfs all who draw near it,
burning even friends and family who risk rescue.

Verse 307

As a man trying to strike the ground with his hand can hardly fail,
just as surely will one who treasures his temper be destroyed.

Verse 308

Though others inflict wrongs as painful as flaming torches,
it is good if a man can refrain from inflammatory tantrums.

Verse 309

If hostile thoughts do not invade his mind,
all his other thoughts may swiftly manifest.

Verse 310

As men who have died resemble the dead,
so men who have renounced rage resemble renunciates.

Tirukural – Chapter 30

Chapter 30: Truthfulness

Verse 298
A stream of water pours on a person as he bathes his body. A stream of golden light bathes a man of truth.

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Verse 291

What is truthfulness? It is speaking words
which are totally free from harmful effects.

Verse 292

Even falsehood is of the nature of truth
if it renders good results, free from fault.

Verse 293

Let one not speak as true what he knows to be false,
for his conscience will burn him when he has lied.

Verse 294

One who lives by truth in his own heart
truly lives in the hearts of all people.

Verse 295

Those who speak only truth from the heart
surpass even penitents and philanthropists.

Verse 296

No prestige surpasses the absence of falsehood;
all other virtues flow from it effortlessly.

Verse 297

Not lying, and merely not lying, is beneficial
for those who cannot or will not practice other virtues.

Verse 298

Water is sufficient to cleanse the body,
but truthfulness alone can purify the mind.

Verse 299

Not all lamps give light.
The lamp of not-lying is the learned man’s light.

Verse 300

Among all great truths we have ever beheld,
not a single one rivals the goodness of telling the truth.

Tirukural – Chapter 29

Chapter 29: Avoidance of Fraud

Verse 284
Here we see various forms of stealing. A teenager breaks into the temple lockbox, another snatches jewelry from a hapless woman and a third, the owner of a pawnshop, is cheating an old woman of her jewelry’s true value.

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Verse 281

He who wishes not to be scorned by others
guards his own mind against the slightest thought of fraud.

Verse 282

The mere thought of sin is sin. Therefore,
avoid even the thought of stealing from another.

Verse 283

A fortune amassed by fraud may appear to prosper
but will all too soon perish altogether.

Verse 284

Taking delight in defrauding others yields the fruit
of undying suffering when those delights ripen.

Verse 285

Benevolent thoughts and kindly feelings flee from those
who watch for another’s unwatchfulness to swindle his property.

Verse 286

Those who walk deceit’s desirous path
cannot hope to work wisdom’s measured way.

Verse 287

The dark deceits of fraud cannot be found
in those who desire the greatness called virtue.

Verse 288

As righteousness resides in the hearts of the virtuous,
so does deceit dwell in the hearts of thieves.

Verse 289

Men who know nothing but deception die a little
each time they contrive their crooked deeds.

Verse 290

Even the life in his body will abandon him who cheats others,
while Heaven itself never forsakes those who are honest.

Tirukural – Chapter 28

Chapter 28: Deceptive Conduct

Verse 271
A man sits in deep meditation, clearly controlling his senses, which are shown behind him in personified form: the eyes, nose, mouth, ears and sense of touch.

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Verse 271

A deceiver’s own five elements remain undeceived
by his double-dealing mind and silently mock him.

Verse 272

Of what avail is an outer appearance of saintliness
if the mind suffers inwardly from knowledge of its iniquity?

Verse 273

He who has not attained the power yet wears the garb of saints
is like a cow that grazes about wearing a tiger’s skin.

Verse 274

He who conceals himself beneath holy robes and commits sins
is like a hunter hiding in the bushes to snare unwary birds.

Verse 275

The day will come when those who claim dispassion
yet act deceitfully exclaim,”Alas! Alas! What have I done?”

Verse 276

None is so heartless as he who, without renunciation in his heart,
poses as a renunciate and lives in pretense.

Verse 277

Like the poisonous jequirity bean, with its red and black sides,
there are outwardly dazzling men whose insides are dark.

Verse 278

Many are the men who piously bathe in purifying waters,
while in their black hearts impure conduct lies concealed.

Verse 279

The arrow is straight but cruel; the lute is crooked but sweet.
Therefore, judge men by their acts, not their appearance.

Verse 280

Neither shaven head nor long matted locks are needed,
provided one casts off conduct condemned by the world.

Monks Making Code for the Interwebs

Aum Namah Sivaya

Today we take you into the digital world of two of our monks in the Ganapati Kulam's Media Studio. Sannyasin Brahmanathaswami has been hard at work on several fronts. Each week he edits the audio for Satguru's talks and, after they are transcribed by a sevak on the big island, Swami puts them up on the monastery's website. Swami is also working on a new in-house release of the file version control app that our team uses for creating and editing Hinduism Today magazine. This afternoon Swami has been making improvements to the audio functionality of the SivaSiva app. On other fronts, Yogi Jayanatha has been gradually working to rebuild the Hinduism Today website, which is now near completion. Aum.

Tirukural – Chapter 27

Chapter 27: Austerity

Verse 268
An illumined yogi sits under a tree, filled with the light of his realizations. Seeing his peace, people and animals come for his blessings and darshan.

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Verse 261

It is the nature of asceticism to patiently endure hardship
and to not harm living creatures.

Verse 262

Austerity belongs to the naturally austere.
Others may attempt it, but to no avail.

Verse 263

Is it because they must provide for renunciates
that others forget to perform penance?

Verse 264

Should he but wish it, an ascetic's austerities
will ruin his foes and reward his friends.

Verse 265

In this world men do austerities diligently,
assured of acquiring desires they desire.

Verse 266

Men who follow some austerity fulfill their karma.
All others, ensnared in desires, act in vain.

Verse 267

As the intense fire of the furnace refines gold to brilliance, so does
the burning suffering of austerity purify the soul to resplendence.

Verse 268

One who has realized by himself his soul's Self
will be worshiped by all other souls.

Verse 269

So potent is the power acquired through disciplined self-denial
that those who attain it may even delay the moment of death.

Verse 270

A few people fast and abstain, while most do not.
Due to this, many suffer deprivation.

Tirukural – Chapter 26

Chapter 26: Abstaining from Eating Meat

Verse 256
A butcher holds his hand on his head, dejected that his shop is empty. His helper tosses aside the killing knife and runs away, setting the chickens and goats free. He is drawn to the opposite shop, a vegetarian store where the crowds are abundant and lots of fresh vegetables are available.

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Verse 251

How can he practice true compassion
who eats the flesh of an animal to fatten his own flesh?

Verse 252

Riches cannot be found in the hands of the thriftless,
nor can compassion be found in the hearts of those who eat meat.

Verse 253

He who feasts on a creature's flesh is like he who wields a weapon.
Goodness is never one with the minds of these two.

Verse 254

If you ask, "What is kindness and what is unkindness?"
It is not-killing and killing. Thus, eating flesh is never virtuous.

Verse 255

Life is perpetuated by not eating meat.
The jaws of Hell close on those who do.

Verse 256

If the world did not purchase and consume meat,
no one would slaughter and offer meat for sale.

Verse 257

When a man realizes that meat is the butchered flesh
of another creature, he will abstain from eating it.

Verse 258

Insightful souls who have abandoned the passion to hurt others
will not feed on flesh that life has abandoned.

Verse 259

Greater than a thousand ghee offerings consumed in sacrificial
fires is to not sacrifice and consume any living creature.

Verse 260

All life will press palms together in prayerful adoration
of those who refuse to slaughter or savor meat.

Seven Dimensions of the Mind

Aum Namah Sivaya
For those that missed it, one of our latest publications is now available on our Himalayan Academy website. Gurudeva's Seven Dimensions of the Mind is a powerful guide to the inner workings of our own inner and outer being. It's currently available here in PDF, Epub and Kindle editions.

"The dimensions are a positive and helpful way of looking at life and understanding the experiences we have on the inward path. By identifying experience as being within one dimension or another, we are able to know at all times just where we are in consciousness, and that knowledge is the control over awareness that we need to continue the upward climb.

"At all times we are flowing through all of the dimensions. They all exist in total completion right now within us. However, we are only conscious periodically in one or another of them as awareness magnifies itself and registers the dimension by focusing upon it, shall we say."

Tirukural – Chapter 25

Section III: The Way of The Renunciate

Chapter 25: Possession of Compassion

Verse 242
A road through the fields and groves splits. To the left is the path of darkness. To the right is the golden path of compassion where we see everyone helping one another and showing kindness.

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Verse 241

Among the wealthy, compassionate men claim the richest wealth,
for material wealth is possessed even by contemptible men.

Verse 242

Find and follow the good path, ruled by compassion.
Of the many ways, that one leads to liberation.

Verse 243

Those whose hearts are drawn toward mercy
will never be drawn into the dark and woeful world.

Verse 244

Kindly ones who lovingly protect all life
need never dread hurt from the actions of their own life.

Verse 245

This wide and wind-swept fertile Earth is witness to the truth
that misery is not for kind-hearted men.

Verse 246

They say those who act cruelly by forsaking kindness
must have forgotten what it means to forsake virtue.

Verse 247

As this world is not for the penniless,
so is that world not for the pitiless!

Verse 248

Those without wealth may one day prosper,
but those without kindness are utterly and incurably poor.

Verse 249

Practicing charity without compassion is as inconceivable
as realizing God without clarity of mind.

Verse 250

Before proceeding against men weaker than yourself,
ponder when you stood before those more powerful.

Tirukural – Chapter 24

Chapter 24: Glory

Verse 234
By their good deeds, feeding and clothing the indigent, this couple has earned the abundant blessings of the celestials. So valued is this simple and selfless act, that the devas ignore the sages and yogis below.

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Verse 231

Give to the poor and become praiseworthy.
Life offers no greater reward than this.

Verse 232

Those who expound will always praise
people who bestow alms on the imploring poor.

Verse 233

Nothing on Earth is imperishable,
except exalted glory, which endures forever.

Verse 234

So great is glory gained by men in this world
that celestials cease praising ascended sages.

Verse 235

Loss that is gain and death that is life of
immortal glory are attained only by the wise.

Verse 236

If you must be born, be born for glory.
Those born without it would be better off without birth.

Verse 237

Why do those whose life is devoid of renown blame enemies
who hate them, when they have themselves to blame?

Verse 238

Barren are they and deemed a disgrace by all men on Earth
who fail to beget the offspring called fame.

Verse 239

Even flawlessly fruitful lands will lessen their yields
when forced to support the body of one who lacks illustriousness.

Verse 240

Those who live without reproach truly live.
Those who live without renown don't live at all.

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